Spunk Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long is Spunk's trial?

2. During what decade is this story set?

3. From what perspective is Chapter 2 told?

4. How can the community where this story takes place be described?

5. How can Spunk's clothes best be described?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Lena characterized in Chapter 1? Do you think this is a favorable description?

2. From what perspective is Chapter 2 told? Why is this important?

3. What does Spunk say right before he dies? Why is this significant?

4. What does Spunk seem to think the bobcat is?

5. What offer from Spunk does Lena refuse in Chapter 1? Why do you think she does this?

6. What is the climax of Hurston's story?

7. What is Spunk's reaction immediately following Joe's death? How is it different from Lena's reaction?

8. What does Walter think about Spunk killing Joe?

9. Do you feel sorry for Joe? Why or why not?

10. What is the resolution of Hurston's story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the characters of Joe and Spunk. How are their lives different? How are the characters the same?

Essay Topic 2

How is the concept of the supernatural implemented throughout Hurston's novel?

Essay Topic 3

There are several instances of irony in Hurston's book. Identify at least one of these instances and describe why Hurston may have used irony when describing this particular situation.

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